Fans Send Emotional Farewell to Chris Wondolowski as US Soccer Legend Announces Retirement

Published 11/08/2021, 12:05 PM EST
Oct 23, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau (16) secures a loose ball in front of San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski (8) during the second half at PayPal Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports


The Major League Soccer competition has improved leaps and bounds to be one of the best leagues in the world. With David Beckham owning Inter Miami, the league drew lots of fans across the world, while many talented players joined franchises. Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi are some of the great names featuring in the league.

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However, one guy who has been a mainstay in the league for a long time is Chris Wondolowski. Sadly, with one final goal, San Jose Earthquakes over the weekend, Chris announced his retirement from MLS.

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Fans react as Chris Wondolowski retires

The US striker scored 171 goals in the MLS and is the top scorer in the league’s history. Likewise, he is the only player to score 10 or more goals in 10 consecutive seasons of MLS. Despite not being a pacy hitman, Wondolowski’s off-the-movement and anticipation skills helped him to score tons of goals. Blessed with immaculate finishing abilities, fans know his goal-scoring exploits in the MLS. He has also scored 11 goals for USMNT and, is a legend of the game.

Hence, his retirement news caused a huge upset amongst fans as emotional goodbyes took over the internet.

After the game against FC Dallas, he spoke to the crowd and opened up on how he believes how the organization has a bright future ahead.

“This organization is going to do big things in the future. Thank you to the fans. I can’t thank you guys enough,” said Wondolowski.

He appeared in his ninth game this season and scored the goal for his side in the 1-1 draw. He is a five-time MLS All-Star while being the league MVP in 2012. Notably, he was also a part of the US Men’s soccer team in 2014 as they entertained the nation with terrific performances.

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Wondolowski had an incredible career

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The love and admiration of fans for Chris is a reminder of what a legend he is. Undoubtedly, the MLS was blessed to host a player of his caliber. Sad but grateful, here’s wishing Wondo a happy retirement.

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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